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Reporting on the degradation of aquatic environments. The role of knowledge in the implementation of policies for the protection of water resources in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract : This article examines the role that the production of knowledge on the ecological state of aquatic ecosystems plays in the implementation of policies for protecting these environments, used for water supply. Based on interdisciplinary research carried out in two sub-Saharan countries (Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal) by a team of sociologists and ecologists, the article shows how expert knowledge of environmental quality assessment interacts with the local actors, existing management structures and with local representations of these environments. Through this interdisciplinary approach, we question the difficulties of integrating a diversity of points of view on water resources. We highlight the obstacles, uncertainties and controversies linked with the production of expertise and its integration into existing management systems. More specifically, we describe the main challenges for institutionalizing long-term monitoring of the water resources (Aquatic Ecosystems Observatories). We also discuss the possibilities and the interest for integrating expert and local knowledge for co-constructing a shared diagnosis.
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Veronica Mitroi, José Frédéric Deroubaix, Youssoupha Tall, Ahi Kouaido Chrislain, Jean-François Humbert. Reporting on the degradation of aquatic environments. The role of knowledge in the implementation of policies for the protection of water resources in sub-Saharan Africa. Géocarrefour - Revue de géographie de Lyon, Association des amis de la revue de géographie de Lyon, 2022, 96 (1), ⟨10.4000/geocarrefour.19353⟩. ⟨hal-03749647⟩

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